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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
11 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2017 COMPANY PROFILE X COMPANY PROFILE Connecting Far North Queensland to national and international trade is one of the central roles played by Ports North, the owner-operator of nine ports across the region. It manages the ports of Cairns, Mourilyan, Cape Flattery, Cooktown, Quintell Beach, Thursday Island, Skardon River, Burketown and Karumba. They handle bulk shipments of sugar, molasses, silica sands, zinc, fuel, fertilisers, log products, minerals, livestock and general cargo.The key port, the Port of Cairns – located between the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforest – is not just a pretty face. It has a serious industrial focus with ample wharf infrastructure, easy channel access, no shipping congestions, and world-class maritime and customs services. The city itself has a strong arterial roads network, a multi-modal rail terminal for road/rail interchange, and the fifth- busiest international airport in Australia. ‘As the most northern trading port on the eastern seaboard of Australia, it is the natural centre for supplies shipped to mining and coastal communities north of Cairns, including the Torres Strait Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria and Freeport Indonesia,’ says Ports North Chairman Russell Beer. ‘It is also the closest trading port to Papua New Guinea, and is perfectly positioned for the South-East Asia and Pacific markets.’ The Port of Mourilyan is another jewel in the crown for Ports North. ‘This natural deep-water port is a perfect export hub for moderate-sized bulk exports. It is our quiet achiever, with huge potential,’ says Beer. Ports growing trade SUPPORTING TRADE SUPPORTING REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT • Ports North’s ports are critical to the regional economy, representing $1.8 billion gross value added and 17% of the gross regional product. • Ports North works closely with business and regional development organisations to grow trade and increase exports and imports from the region. • Our customers include those in the tourism sector, agriculture, mining, coastal trade, marine industry support, navy and fishing. www.portsnorth.com.au Growing trade and tourism through our ports contributing to regional economic growth. 501716AE_Ports North I 2318.indd 24 31/3/17 10:54 am